Student Advising Checklist for Academic Success

First Year
  • Enroll in your choice of NR Professional Orientation class (WILD/WATS/ENVS 2000)
  • Meet with your academic advisor to create a DegreeWorks plan- 15 credits/semester
  • Meet with your Peer Advisor to start a resume outline- get it done early!
  • Add QCNR on Instagram and Facebook
  • Create a LinkedIn and Aggie Handshake profile
  • Join a QCNR club, or get involved in the Student Council
  • Attend our weekly coffee hour and other student events
  • Start volunteering- create an AggieSync account to find opportunities
  • Explore QCNR summer internships

Second Year
  • Continue to meet with your advisors at least once a semester
  • Meet with the QCNR Career Coach to perfect your resume
  • Stay active in your clubs/affiliation/volunteer opportunities
  • Add faculty/potential employers on LinkedIn
  • Participate in a study abroad or career exploration trip
  • Maintain the “right” 15 credits per semester
  • Go to both university-wide and QCNR career fairs
  • Look for QCNR internships and/or field work
  • Start working on a cover letter template for employers

Third Year
  • Look into starting your own research, or become a research assistant for a grad student
  • Gain leadership experience in your clubs/affiliations
  • Continue to meet with your advisors: faculty, academic, and peer
  • Find a professional mentor/ faculty member to advocate for you
  • Apply for Undergraduate Teaching Fellows position
  • Research post-graduate opportunities
  • Practice telling your story at networking events- get your elevator pitch down

Fourth Year
  • Apply for graduate school or post-graduate opportunities
  • Tailor your resume to match and fit opportunities
  • Participate in mock interviews with Career Services
  • Find interview-appropriate clothing to make a great first impression
  • Research company cultures and salaries for the jobs you want
  • Utilize your professional network to gain letters of recommendations and references
  • Continue leadership in clubs, and perhaps become a mentor for a freshman
  • Accept your job offers, and complete your graduate survey